Dancer in The Dark



2000, Denmark-France-Sweden
139 мин., col., 1:2.35, Dolby Digital, language — English

Director and scriptwriter Lars von Trier
DoP Robby Müller
Production design Karl Júlíusson
Costume design Manon Rasmussen
Music Björk Guðmundsdóttir, Mark Bell
Sound Per Streit, Guy Sigsworth, Damian Taylor
Editing François Gédigier, Molly Malene Stensgaard
Cast Björk Guðmundsdóttir, Catherine Deneuve, David Morse, Peter Stormare, Joel Grey, Vincent Paterson, Cara Seymour, Jean-Marc Barr, Vladica Kostic, Udo Kier, Siobhan Fallon Producer Vibeke Windeløv
Production Zentropa Entertainments, Trust Film Svenska, Film i Väst, Liberator Productions
Festivals Danish Film Institute
World sales TrustNordisk

Selma is a Czech immigrant, a single mother working in a factory in rural America. Selma harbours a sad secret: she is losing her eyesight and her son Gene stands to suffer the same fate if she can’t put away enough money to secure him an operation. Her salvation is her passion for music, specifically, the all-singing, all-dancing numbers found in classic Hollywood musicals. When a desperate neighbour falsely accuses Selma of stealing his savings, the drama of her life escalates to a tragic finale.

  • Palm d’Or and Best Actress, Cannes IFF-2000 
  • 5 Danish Film Academy Awards-2000, including Best Actress and Best Music 
  • Best actress, Bodil Award-2000 
  • Nominations for Academy Awards-2000 and Golden Globe-2000 in «Best Foreign 
  • Language film» category 
  • About 30 other prizes and awards